Heart of the Matter

By Steve Barrett
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Worldwide, nothing kills more people than cardiovascular disease, which causes approximately one-third of all deaths. The statistics below tell part of that story.

Smoking Vs. Living

The years of life people gain when they stop smoking vary by age group, but the benefit is substantial when compared with those who continue smoking.

The Financial Toll

The economic consequences of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are likely to hit certain age demographics particularly hard. By 2035, direct and indirect costs of CVD are projected to remain fairly stable among Americans ages 18 to 44, increase somewhat for 45- to 64-year-olds and rise sharply among those 65 or older.

Blood Pressure Blues

More than 116 million adults in the U.S. — roughly 46% of the adult population — have hypertension.

Remarkably Preventable

Education and lifestyle modification could stave off as many as 4 out of 5 heart disease and stroke events.